Flask Data Tables - Open-Source Sample

The project implements paginated access to data using Simple-DataTables, a lightweight, extendable, dependency-free Javascript HTML table plugin.

Flask Data Tables - Open-Source Sample
Flask Data Tables - Open-Source Sample

Hello! This article presents an open-source project that provides paginated access to information using Flask and Simple-DataTables, a Vanilla JS library. Information can be accessed in three different ways: loaded from the database, exposed by an API, and loaded from the file system. The sources can be downloaded from Github (MIT License) without a registration lock and used in commercial projects or eLearning activities. Thanks for reading!

✨ How it works

The information provided in CSV format is loaded via a custom Flask CLI command and saved in the database. From this point, the app serves the information using different techniques:

  • Loaded from Data table by a controller (route)
  • Served by /api/data API node and consumed from JS
  • Loaded without any processing from a static file

✨ Project features

  • Data Tables managed by Simple-DataTables (Vanilla) JS
  • Stack: Flask, SqlAlchemy, Flask-Migrate, Flask-RestX
  • Loaded from Data table by a controller (route)
  • Served by /api/data API node and consumed from JS
  • Loaded without any processing from a file:
  • app/static/datatables/data.json
  • Search over the data

✨ Quick Start

Probably the easier way is to use the Docker set up shipped with the source code and start the project using a minimum amount of work

Get the code
$ git clone https://github.com/app-generator/flask-volt-datatables.git
$ cd flask-volt-datatables
Flask Data tables - Clone Sources
Start in Docker
$ docker-compose up --build 
Flask Data tables - Start in Docker

Visit http://localhost:85 in your browser. The app should be up & running.

Flask Data Tables - GIF Animated Presentation.
Flask Data Tables - GIF Animated Presentation 

✨ Implementation

The input file is mirrored to the tables (model) used for persistence:

Input file Sample (CSV format)
Nike_Air,Nike Air More Uptempo,105,usd,transaction
Nike_Club,Nike Club Joggers BB,55,usd,transaction
Nike_Uptempo,Nike Uptempo (Gs) 415082,130,usd,transaction
Nike_SportSwear,Nike SportSwear Club Tee,25,usd,transaction
Nike Dry, Nike Dry Park VII Junior,39,usd,transaction
Flask Data Tables - Input File
Model That saves the data
class Data(db.Model):

    __tablename__ = 'data'

    id = db.Column(db.Integer, primary_key=True)

    code     = db.Column(db.String(64))   # product code 
    name     = db.Column(db.String(128))  # product name
    value    = db.Column(db.Integer)      # numeric
    currency = db.Column(db.String(10))   # string: usd, euro
    type     = db.Column(db.String(64))   # transaction
    ts       = db.Column(db.Integer, default=datetime.utcnow().timestamp())
Flask Data Tables - Model (DB Table)
The API Node (powered by Flask-RestX)
class Items(Resource):

    def get(self):

        data = []

        for item in Data.query.all():
            data.append( item.toDICT() ) 

        response = app.response_class(

        return response
Flask Data Tables - API Flask-RestX Node

This simple project will be updated (soon) with more features:

  • Inline edit
  • Different Charts generated from loaded information: Bar Chart, Pie, and Line Chart.

Thanks for reading! For more resources, feel free to access: